A million miles

The image “http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2006/US/12/06/saab.million.ap/story.saab.ap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.The term “travelling salesman” takes on a new meaning when you consider the tale of Peter Gilbert, a gentleman from the United States, who has just clocked up a million miles in his Saab over 17 years.

He drove the car seven days a week, racking up the miles as his work took him through rural Wisconsin.

“When I hit 600,000 miles, the car still wasn’t burning oil,” Gilbert said. “That’s when I thought it could go a million miles.”

But Wisconsin’s harsh winters took a toll on the car. Its sporty exterior still looks good, but road salt has rusted its frame. Gilbert realized it might no longer be safe if he hit another deer or had a serious accident.

“There was no point in driving the car any longer,” he said. “Even though it might have gone another million miles.”

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